Arnold Furious: We’re in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hosts are Michael Cole, JBL & Jerry Lawler.
This is the first PPV I’ve ever watched on the WWE Network. This includes the “Royal Rumble Kick-Off”. The basic replacement for Sunday Night Heat. The mentions of Jim Duggan, along with the “hoo” references in recent weeks, makes me think he’ll be a surprise entrant. Renee Young also points out The Rock is in Philadelphia. See, I stay off social media and WWE.com and all that business and the WWE still puts this on TV! HEY, THERE’S A SURPRISE LATER! You’ll be so surprised, or you would have been if we hadn’t told you. Who books a promotion this way? They probably figure they can’t ignore social media, because they’re in love with Twitter, but just analyse the damn matches. Idiotic stuff. The panel go with Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, Rusev (that was Booker T) and Daniel Bryan.
Booker T rather surprises me by referencing a recent UFC fight with regard to upsets. Are the WWE officially saying the UFC aren’t competition here? That’s always been the company line but CM Punk and Alberto del Rio both had UFC listed in their no-compete clauses. Interesting. There’s a Shawn Michaels interview on here too, where he makes comparisons between his 1995 and 1996 years and Daniel Bryan’s 2014 and 2015.